Here are some items in my pantry that I always have on hand. I purchase organic when it’s financially practical. Bobs Red Mill is one of my most used brands, visiting their website gets you a $1.00 coupon =)
*dried beans-garbanzos…red beans…black bean… are my most used varieties
*lentils- red and French
*oats- old fashioned not the quick variety
*grains-brown jasmine…barley…millet…quinoa…wild rice
*nuts and seeds-sunflowers…sesame…hemp seeds…pumpkin…cashews…almonds. Always raw
*nutritional yeast- a must for vegan and vegetarian foods, I use it everyday =)
*seaweeds- dulse…kelp…nori. Nori is for sushi…the others I add to various dishes
*oils- avocado…olive…coconut, virgin and unrefined
*flour- I use King Arthur…there are no gluten issues in our family. If there were, I’d use a mixture involving coconut flour, which I love, but it’s a bit heavy.
*raw apple cider vinegar-with the mother
*Braggs Liquid Aminos- replaces soy sauce and is delicious on so many different foods
*salt- Himalayan…Red Hawaiian…smoked salt. All different tastes, Himalayan is our most used.
*peppercorns- freshly ground is always best
*dried or fresh herbs and spices- too many to list…but my most used are onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, Italian seasoning, basil, chive, mustard, dill, rosemary, parsley, cilantro. Using fresh herbs is a wonderful way to add character to your foods.
*canned items are minimal, but I do keep pumpkin, squash and tomatoes on hand for soups and baking
*oat bran…what germ…flax meal also for baking
*raw cacao- a better for you version of cocoa powder
*sweeteners- honey…maple syrup…organic sugar
*tea- mostly caffeine free fruity teas, also dandelion root…calendula…elderberry and Yogi’s Detox Tea.
That’s the pantry side of my kitchen. I always keep it stocked with back-ups so that I can make a variety of soups, stews, casseroles and baked goods.